News & Notes

By: hartsea on: October 12, 2014 2:20 pm | hartsea

As we are commemorating the Freedom Summer 50th anniversary, you might be interested in checking out our We were prepared for the possibility of death: Freedom Riders in the South collection.  This collection has 4285 images and documents related to the Freedom Riders of 1961.  The collection comes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Library.  Freedom Riders were civil rights activists that rode interstate buses into the segregated South to test the United States Supreme Court decision in Boynton v. Virginia. Boynton had outlawed racial segregation in the restaurants and waiting rooms in terminals serving buses that crossed state lines. 

This collection allows you to both browse and search the collection.  You can search by keywords, document titles, author, and place names.

You might also be interested in a documentary in our collection called American Experience: Freedom Riders.

By: weavered on: October 08, 2014 3:11 pm | weavered

Miami community members have access to Naxos Music Library, a streaming database which includes over 100,000 CD-length classical, jazz, and world music recordings. If you don't know where to begin, here are some suggested 2014 releases from's editors. (Note: 5 simultaneous users are allowed.)

Antonio Pappano - Sacred Verdi

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Robert Spano - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7; Tapiola

Manfred Honeck / Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Don Juan; Death and Transfiguration; Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

Barokksolistene / Bjarte Eike - The Image of Melancholy

Jakob Lindberg - Jacobean Lute Music

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta - Glière: Symphony No. 3 "Il'ya Muromets"

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5

Jenny Lin / Stravinsky: Solo Piano Works

Lisa Friend / Mark Kinkaid / Anna Stokes - Luminance: Solo and Duo Works for Flute & Piano

The Brodsky Quartet - New World Quartets

Anima Eterna Orchestra / Jos van Immerseel - Ravel: Ma mère l'oye; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

L'Arpeggiata / Philippe Jaroussky / Christina Pluhar - Music for a While: Improvisations on Purcell

Leif Ove Andsnes / Mahler Chamber Orchestra - The Beethoven Journey: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4

Teodor Currentzis - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise

Anonymous 4 - David Lang: Love Fail


See more suggestions here:


By: laddmm on: October 06, 2014 8:41 am | laddmm

Mark Levy, at right

Mark Levy, at right

During the summer of 1964, the Western College campus in Oxford, Ohio served as the training ground for a remarkable undertaking: the coordinated and determinedly peaceful effort to register African-Americans to vote in the hostile and heavily segregated state of Mississippi. Most of the volunteers were white college students who felt a personal calling to support the civil rights of beleaguered African-Americans. A few were themselves African-Americans. Three young men – two white, one black – left Oxford for Mississippi and were never seen alive again.

But there was more to that summer than those three tragic deaths. There were many acts of individual courage, many acts of connection and enlightenment, and many lives, both of Mississippi residents and of volunteers that were forever changed by the experience of that summer. Next weekend about 50 of those volunteers will return to Oxford to remember that summer and to share the impact on their lives during a special reunion and 50th anniversary conference.

On Friday, Oct. 10, three of them will share their stories with us in a panel presentation, “Telling Our Stories: Building the Freedom Summer Legacy,” beginning at 4:15 p.m. This panel serves as the Second Annual Special Collections Lecture, highlighting the Freedom Summer Archive in the Western College Memorial Archives.

Carole Gross Colca, in front with children

Carole Gross Colca, in front with children

Our three guests – Carole Gross Colca, Mark Levy and Roland Duerksen – have all donated personal materials to the Freedom Summer Archive. During the panel presentation they’ll talk about the impact of Freedom Summer on their lives, as well as why they felt it was important to preserve and share the documents of that experience.

The fall exhibit in the Special Collections gallery showcases materials they have donated. “Stories of Freedom Summer from the Western College Memorial Archives” will be on view before and after the panel presentation and through the remainder of the semester, until December 12.

Please join us on October 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. for a fascinating presentation, followed by a reception and an opportunity to view the exhibit and interact with our speakers. The event is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Brice
Assistant Dean for Technical Services & Special Collections

Prof. Roland Duerksen, at right behind children

Prof. Roland Duerksen, at right behind children

By: natalejj on: October 02, 2014 11:42 am | natalejj @@JennNatale

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer and the Miami community has come together to learn about and reflect on the events in 1964 that began here in Oxford, Ohio. The Libraries is proud to sponsor the Freedom Summer Conference as well as share our collections in an effort to gain an appreciation for our local connection to an important time in the civil rights movement.

Members of the Miami and Oxford communities have a unique opportunity to participate in the Freedom Summer Conference taking place October 11-14.  The opening session will be moderated by Jerome Conley, Miami University Dean of Libraries. The discussion includes many tremendous speakers who will share their experience and insight into the civil rights movement. Join us as we honor the bravery and sacrifice of the Freedom Summer volunteers and learn how we can continue to advocate for the rights and freedoms of all people.

For the complete conference schedule and to register, go to:

For information about our Freedom Summer collections, go to:


Opening Session: Monday, October 13, 9-10:30 a.m.

Marcum Center 180-186

“Understanding the Past, Building the Future”, with Raymond F. Gorman, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, introducing a conversation between contemporary civil rights activists about the role of the civil rights movement in past and present.

Moderator: Jerome Conley, Miami University Dean of Libraries.

Panelists: Charles Cobb, Brown University; Sylvia Golbin Goodman, The Andrew

Goodman Foundation; David Goodman, The Andrew Goodman Foundation; Tom

Dutton, Miami University; Gloria Wade Gayles, Spelman College; Rev. Clifton

Kilpatrick, community organizer and pastor, Zanesville, Ohio; Hanan Sabea, The

American University in Cairo.

By: hartsea on: September 22, 2014 9:15 am | hartsea

This year's Banned Books Week will take place between September 21st and September 27th. You can find out about some of the events planned around the country and get helpful information at the Banned Books Week website.  This year's theme is comics.  You can find out more about banned and challenged comics at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund website.  You might also be interested in a recent New York Times article, this blog post, and this interesting storify collection of a twitter chat.

King Library is marking this week with a display on the first floor of King in the foyer of the library. We also have a lot of great resources to help you explore this issue.

We have several books and resources about the censorship of comics that took place in the 1950's:

The ten-cent plague: the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .H33 2008

Seal of approval: the history of the comics code by Amy Kiste Nyberg. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .N953 1998

Pulp demons: international dimensions of the postwar anti-comics campaign edited by John A. Lent.  King Library (2nd floor) | PN6710 .P85 1999

Of comics and men : a cultural history of American comic books by Jean-Paul Gabilliet. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .G3313 2010

The horror! the horror! : comic books the government didn't want you to read!  edited by Jim Trombetta, with an introduction by R. L. Stine.  Available by request through OhioLINK.

Seduction of the innocent by Frederic Wertham.  Access through Alexander Street Press.

Interim Report of the Committee on the Judiciary pursuant to S. Res. 89 (83d Cong. 1st sess.) and S. Res. 190 (83d Cong. 2d sess.) a part of the investigation of juvenile delinquency in the United States. Alternate title: Comic books and juvenile delinquency.  Original report from 1955 available as a pdf.

We also have access to a database called Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels, which features the comics that went "underground" after the Comics Code Authority was put in place.

Though the Comics Code Authority and the censorship that happened as a result is a thing of the past, many comics are still being challenged, including recent challenges to Persepolis in Chicago and Seattle.  Cases have included: 

Blankets by Craig Thompson. ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6727.T48 B58 2003

Bone by Jeff Smith. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.S546 B66 2004

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore.  ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6728.B36 M66 2008

Fun home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.B3757 Z46 2006

Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.C565 I33 2005

In the night kitchen by Maurice Sendak. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 In

Maus: a survivor's tale by Art Spiegelman. King Library (2nd floor) | D804.3 .S66 1986

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6747.S245 P4713 2003.  

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.V38 P75 2006

Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.C74 S86 1995

The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6790.K63 K5513 2009

Watchmen by Alan Moore. King Folio | PN6737.M6 W38 2005

Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6790.J33 N3313 2003

You can learn about the background of these cases here.

You can also find out more about comics and graphic novels on our subject guide on the topic.

By: gundyj on: September 18, 2014 3:49 pm | gundyj

Today is Constitution Day.  Constitution Day is a Federal holiday meant to celebrate and educate about the United States Constitution in schools across the country.

The Constitution of the United States is a living document that has been amended and interpreted throughout the history of the nation.  An interesting resource for the study of the interpretation of the Constitution is Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation.  The Constitution Annotated as it is commonly referred to is an overview of the Constitution through US Supreme Court decisions which outlines how the document has been interpreted throughout history.  Updated versions are published yearly by the Senate and can be found in King Library, or online through  Historic version can be found in King and online at

By: natalejj on: September 15, 2014 2:42 pm | natalejj @@JennNatale

Today is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month and is a time to celebrate the accomplishments, heritage and culture of Hispanics.  September 15th is the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in 1821, and followed shortly thereafter by Mexico, Chile and Belize. If you would like to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month, see this site by the Library of Congress.

We honor these Hispanic authors whose works are in the Miami University Libraries' collection.  Choose an author you haven't read and add them to your reading list!

Isabel Allende

Julia Alvarez

Jorge Luis Borges

Sandra Cisneros

Paul Coelho

Julio Cortazar

Junot Diaz

Carlos Fuentes

Mario Vargas Llosa

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Esmeralda Santiago




By: hartsea on: August 25, 2014 3:27 pm | hartsea

Stop into King Café and browse our NEW Leisure Reading collection! Updated monthly, we keep the titles in this collection fresh and up to date. These are the hot, new releases and bestsellers you've been dying to get your hands on! From thrillers to cookbooks, on-trend nonfiction to the latest big screen adaptation, we have something for everyone.

Books in the Leisure Reading collection check out for 3 weeks. When you find a title you want, you can check the books out at the Instruction Materials Center (IMC) desk, on the ground floor of King. 

You will find a variety of titles for a variety of moods:

Curl up with a light mystery on a rainy afternoon, like Beach Bags and Burglaries by Dorothy Howell  

Dish the dirt with a celebrity book, such as Aviva Drescher's Leggy Blonde

Impress your friends by reading an important current events book, like Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Picketty

​Get ready for the first lecture in Miami University Lecture Series by reading Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman.

You can find a list in our catalog here, or you can check out our pinterest board.

If that's not enough for you, there are also popular magazines you can browse while drinking your coffee in the cafe.  Happy reading!

By: natalejj on: August 20, 2014 4:14 pm | natalejj @@JennNatale

Do you want to learn more about Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement?  Keep the conversation going!  Miami University Libraries offers a wealth of resources from books and digital collections to video and audio items.  These resources have been compiled in one place for your convenience.  Contact any librarian if you need assistance in locating these items!